Staff

Jonathan Hirsch

Jonathan I. Hirsch

CEO

As an independent producer, reporter, and sound designer, Jonathan Hirsch produced hundreds of longform audio works for NPR, Vox, NBC, Fusion Media Group, and many others. He is a recipient of the Green Eyeshade, Edward R. Murrow and duPont Awards. His 7-part documentary podcast series Dear Franklin Jones debuted #1 on the iTunes podcast charts. In April of 2018, Jonathan launched Neon Hum Media, an LA-based podcast production company, specializing in narrative-driven, high production value, “audio first” documentaries, talk shows, and partner content.

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Catherine Saint Louis

Executive Editor

Catherine Saint Louis directs the editorial vision of Neon Hum, shoring up reporting and storytelling across both client shows and original podcasts like Spectacle and Fake Priest. She edits limited-run narrative podcasts, loves to collaborate, work hard and talk through stories. Catherine created and taught an Editors’ Bootcamp to get more folks from underrepresented groups into story editing.

She was a reporter and an editor at The New York Times for 18 years. She covered many topics, but focused on health coverage. She hosted and reported a podcast about voting rights called Shut Out. She’s a Brooklyn gal who loves to run, cook, and listen to podcasts to figure out what keeps listeners listening.

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Shara Morris

Executive Producer

Shara Morris is an audio producer based here in LA. She’s launched multiple podcasts from scratch for networks including Panoply, Maximum Fun and Stitcher. Her work can also be heard on NPR, KCRW, WNYC, PRI and more.

Most recently Shara was the producer of the Marketplace podcast Make Me Smart with Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood. She got her start in audio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and honed her voice co-hosting her first podcast, Homemade News, which she produced from a pirate radio station in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Shara loves telling stories featuring unique voices and is so excited to be part of the Neon Hum team.

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Vikram Patel

Senior Editor

Vikram grew up on the shores of the LA River, watching TV, eating candy and bothering his mom. But during an extended layover in Alaska, Vikram discovered his love for storytelling and public radio. He cut his teeth by producing a popular live storytelling program called Arctic Entries. He also reported and produced stories for Alaska Public Media, co-founded a nonprofit that teaches storytelling at local high schools, and once spent a night in a snow cave.  

These days, back in Los Angeles, Vikram very happily spends his time helping Neon Hum’s spectacular team of producers make podcasts. But don’t worry; he still finds plenty of time to watch TV and eat candy (don’t tell his mom!).

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Sammi Allison

Production Manager

Sammi joins Neon Hum as our Production Manager, working hand-in-hand with our producers to manage operations across our production slate. She was previously a Managing Producer with Endeavor Audio, where she launched and supervised production for various podcasts through partnerships with Dick Wolf, Mass Appeal, and several celebrity talent. Prior to EA, Sammi was a development and production executive for unscripted and documentary TV before discovering her love of audio storytelling when training for the 2017 NYC Marathon.  

A native Michigander, Sammi moved to NYC in 2010 to attend NYU and never looked back. Outside of Neon Hum, she loves going on walks with Harlow, her beloved hound dog, and whittling projects whenever she can find time to sit still.

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Odelia Rubin

Senior Producer, Development

Odelia is an audio producer, writer, and sound designer. After earning her NYC merit badge, she returned to her native California to boogie board and make narrative audio. She’s worked at WNYC, Gimlet, and got her start back in the content days of Panoply. Odelia has produced and consulted on over 20 different shows, including hits and cult favs like Gimlet’s Science Vs, Family Ghosts, and WNYC’s 10 Things That Scare Me. Her passions are character driven stories, detailed sound design, and spreadsheet formulas. Watch closely and you’ll see her knitting on zoom calls.

Joanna Clay

Producer

Joanna Clay is a journalist and SoCal native, and prior to Neon Hum, she was an independent producer, reporting features for the BBC, KPCC and KCRW. She came to podcasting by way of print, a former newspaper reporter with bylines in the Los Angeles Times and O.C. Register. She’s also a proud Transom workshop alum.

When she’s not working, you can find her scouring her AllTrails app for good hikes, bingeing any Real Housewives franchise (but mostly NY) and attempting to make Pinterest recipes a reality.

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Muna Danish

Producer

Muna is an audio producer from Detroit, Michigan. Before joining Neon Hum she was a freelance producer with Gimlet in LA, and worked on podcasts at Marketplace. She got her start in audio working in daily news at KQED in San Francisco and is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She’s a recent transplant to LA and enjoys hiking and exploring California’s gorgeous parks and landscapes.

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Chrystal Genesis

Producer

Chrystal is an award-winning podcaster and curator from Brixton, London. She‘s worked at BBC producing and presenting multi-platform content for networks including Radio 4, 6 Music, and BBC World in London and Washington DC as well as for HuffPost UK, Tate, and Southbank Centre Arts. She spends her spare time making her podcast Stance and can be found dancing, consuming news and culture, planning what to eat, and hanging out with friends and family. She particularly loves working with people new to audio to execute their vision and is passionate about pushing the boundaries of storytelling for all people.

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Carla Green

Producer

Carla Green is an award-winning journalist who’s filed for KCRW, the Guardian, and 99% Invisible, among many others. Before coming to Neon Hum, she was the managing producer of the KCRW podcast UnFictional where she reported and produced a bunch of different stories, including one where she trailed a juggalo across the country on a Greyhound bus.

Since she moved to Los Angeles in 2016, she’s covered the city’s homelessness crisis in stories for radio, podcasts, and print.

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Hayley Fager

Producer

Hayley Fager is an audio producer and journalist who grew up in LA. Before joining Neon Hum she was producing Morning Edition and reporting at WCAI, an NPR member station on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She’s produced radio stories for NPR, KCRW, WGBH, and Atlantic Public Media, and has provided administrative support to Transom.org.

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Natalie Rinn

Producer

Natalie Rinn is a journalist, native Minnesotan, and former executive editor of Brooklyn Magazine. After nine years in New York, she moved to Los Angeles to explore a new part of the country, and new mediums for telling stories — above all, podcasts. Hiking, running and driving around Los Angeles have been her favorite spaces to discover and be inspired by magical worlds created through audio.

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Tanner Robbins

Producer

Tanner Robbins is an audio producer and LA-transplant, originally from Birmingham, AL. He began his audio career as a Transom Story Workshop graduate in the Fall of 2018. Since then, he has worked on podcasts about true crime, history, and queer culture. Tanner is passionate about sour wines, sunny skies, and magical soundscapes. He is not a fan of tornadoes, toxic masculinity, or open water.

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Kate Mishkin

Associate Producer

Kate Mishkin is an audio producer from Los Angeles. She comes to Neon Hum by way of West Virginia, where she worked as a newspaper reporter, covering the environment and coal industry. There, she launched the paper’s podcast, Mountain State Morning, telling stories of the governor’s conflicts of interest, teachers on strike, and the effects of climate change on the region.

She’s thrilled to be back home and is enjoying rediscovering LA.

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Navani Otero

Associate Producer

Navani Otero is a New York-based multimedia journalist. She got her start in audio working in satellite and terrestrial radio for places like SiriusXM and WNYU. She later trained with the Made in NY Podcast Certificate Program to hone her skills, and shortly after Navani co-hosted the show CityFM, a weekly deep dive into the NYC music culture landscape. She came to Neon Hum by way of Gimlet Media where she worked on narrative non-fiction podcasts about everything from technology to social justice. She is passionate about telling stories that center and uplift underrepresented voices. In her free time you can find her exploring all the art the city has to offer and talking to every dog she passes on the street.

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Liz Sánchez

Associate Producer

Liz Sánchez is an audio producer born and raised in Los Ángeles. She entered the world of radio journalism working on Marketplace’s daily afternoon program, learning the ins and outs of producing radio. After that, she worked as a producer and writer at LA-based radio stations, KCRW and KNX, covering local news. She also produced Harvard Business Review Present’s Race at Work podcast, inviting high-profile guests to talk in-depth about race in the workplace and their personal lives.

When she’s not doing radio things, you can probably find Liz moving and grooving at a concert somewhere in LA, or crate digging at the local flea market.

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Stephanie Serrano

Associate Editor

Stephanie Serrano (she/her/ella) is an award-winning multimedia bilingual journalist and non-fiction podcast editor based in Northern Nevada. Her reporting is powered by character-driven stories and is rooted in sound-rich audio.

She’s won three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for best sports reporting, one was awarded a national title in 2018. Most recently her 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award followed the story of two collegiate Black athletes and their experiences facing racism in predominantly white college towns. Stephanie was awarded a 2020 Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage on anti-Semitic incidents on a college campus.

She is a 2021 graduate of Neon Hum Media’s inaugural Editors' Bootcamp and a former 2019 Radio Television Digital Association N.S. Bienstock fellow. As an alumna of NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, she now serves as a mentor.

On top of storytelling, she is a passionate digital illustrator and oil painter.

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Chloe Chaobal

Production Assistant

Chloe has been making podcasts since she was a high school student in Anchorage, Alaska. At the Alaska Teen Media Institute, she learned the basics of audio storytelling while producing stories for a student run radio show, In Other News. At the University of Vermont, Chloe worked as a print reporter for the student newspaper and became the podcast editor. After graduation, Chloe moved to California for some much needed sunshine. When she’s not on a deadline, she’s jamming on her guitar.

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Shawna Schiro

Office Manager

Shawna Schiro thought she was moving to LA to continue her career in the film industry. After all, she spent her time after film school working with various networks as on on-set production assistant and media coordinator. After she got a taste of what the film industry was like, she decided it wasn’t fit to be her “forever thing” and she set out on a journey to explore other branches of the entertainment industry to see what they were all about. Things took an exciting turn when she landed in the world of podcasting and took an oath to become a certified Neon Hummie! Shawna is proud to be an organization freak, and when she isn’t busy perfecting scheduling needs, she can be found spending quality time with her bass guitar, going on photo-walks with her camera collection, and consuming copious cups of caffeine at her favorite LA coffee spots.